Popular Bollywood star Salman Khan was today sentenced to five years in prison for killing a homeless man in a hit-and-run in Mumbai in 2002 ,The man was among five people who were run over in the incident. The actor was charged with culpable homicide. . He hit 5 homeless people, killing one and injuring 3 of them. Prosecutors said he was drunk at the time of the crash and had just left a bar.
Salman Khan driver claimed in court last month that he had been the one behind the wheels and that the accident occurred after a Tyre burst but a judge in Mumbai court in India today ruled that Salman was the one driving and not his driver after someone in his security team contradicted his driver’s claims. Salman was sentenced to five years in prison and was immediately taken into custody.
Salman Khan family immediately went to a Mumbai high court to seek bail. Salman’s Khan’s lawyers have already applied for bail in the Bombay high court which is expected to hear the case shortly, reports say. The actor remains in the trial court while his fate is being decided.
The prosecution is now set to move a perjury application against Salman Khan’s driver for giving false testimony in court.
The actor is one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, appearing in more than 80 Hindi-language films. Several of his films, including Dabangg, Ready, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger, Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aap Ke Hain Kaun, have been huge commercial hits.Salman Khan had left the shooting of a movie midway to attend the court hearing. The movie will have to be put on hold since he’s in custody. The 49year old actor who has featured in over 80 Indian movies is said to be worth about $40million.